Tributes flow for teacher
Tributes have flowed in for Rockingham Senior High School teacher Justin Davies who died last week while prospecting in the Mid West.
Friends and students of Mr Davies took to social media in the days after the 48-year-old’s body was found to express their shock and sadness.
Premier Mark McGowan also sent his regards to those who knew Mr Davies.
“My condolences to family and friends of Rockingham Senior High School deputy principal, Justin Davies,” he said.
“Thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.”
Police say Mr Davies set off prospecting on foot early Monday, January 8, with about two litres of water and other supplies.
The cause of his death is yet to be determined but police are not treating it as suspicious.
Temperatures in the region reached 41.4C on Monday and 45C on Tuesday when Mr Davies was missing.
Police Inspector Dave Hooper said a big search had been launched to find the father of two that involved more than 40 police and SES volunteers in a spotter plane and on the ground.
Insp. Hooper said Mr Davies’ body was eventually spotted from the air at about 10am on Wednesday, January 10, under a small tree just a few kilometres from his camp.
“Officers on the ground went to the location and tragically located a deceased man,” he said.
“He had been formally identi- fied as Mr Davies. This is a tragic event and our condolences are with the Davies family at this time.”
Mr Davies had been teaching at RSHS for more than 15 years and was the associate principal.
Rockingham Senior High School teacher Justin Davies.